Portugal and the Douro River Cruise 2019
Porto to Salamanca, Spain, and return
 11 Days • 23 Meals
Spend two nights exploring Lisbon, then set sail through the Portuguese Frontier. Visit Spain’s walled city of Salamanca, and the quaint and historic towns of Portugal along the Douro River.

 Highlights
  • 23 Meals (9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners)
  • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours
  • Visit two countries
  • Two-night hotel stay and touring in Lisbon, Portugal before cruising
  • Seven-night cruise on the Douro River
  • Shore excursions with English-speaking local guides
  • Included shore excursions escorted by local, English speaking guides in Salamanca, Pocinho, Lamego and Porto
  • Personal listening device for onboard excursions
  • All meals included onboard with a variety of international cuisine
  • Complimentary regional wines, beer and soft drinks accompany onboard lunches and dinners
  • Complimentary bottled water in your stateroom
  • Complimentary WiFi onboard
  • Variety of onboard evening entertainment
  • $55 in Mayflower Money

 Itinerary
Day 1  Depart the USA
Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Lisbon, Portugal.
Day 2  Lisbon, Portugal
Upon arrival, you will be met by a Mayflower Cruises & Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore Lisbon. This evening, join your Mayflower staff and fellow travelers for an included dinner. Meal: D
Day 3  Discover Lisbon
After breakfast, an included tour highlights the famous sites of the city. See Jerónimos Monastery, ‘Monument to the Discoveries,’ and Belem Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a free afternoon to shop, dine and experience this cosmopolitan city on your own. Meal: B
Day 4  Fátima / Coimbra
Enroute to the ship in Porto visit Fátima, home to the Sanctuary of Fátima, an important Catholic pilgrimage site. The city’s fame originates from the apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary that appeared to three shepherd children in the nearby fields. Continue to Coimbra and its famous university before arriving in Porto to embark the MS Emerald Radiance, home for the next seven nights. Meals: B, D
Day 5  Porto / Pinhão
Today is a day of sailing through the twists and turns of the Douro Valley. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this area is sparsely populated by small quaint villages and typical communities with vineyards and small farms. This afternoon, the ship arrives in the village of Pinhão, perfectly situated on a river bend surrounded by terraced hillsides that produce some of the world’s best Port wine. Meals: B, L, D
Day 6  Pinhão / Vega de Terron
Begin the day with a visit to a beautiful quinta vineyard with spectacular views of the Douro Valley. Learn about wine production and its importance to the culture and economy. This afternoon, the ship sails for Vega de Terron, gateway to Spain. Meals: B, L, D
Day 7  Salamanca, Spain
Today’s excursion takes you to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Salamanca, Spain. During the guided walking tour, see amazingly detailed and intricately carved buildings of the university, the 12th-century Romanesque church of San Martin and the house of Shells. Regal splendor abounds in the Plaza Mayor, the heartbeat of the city. You’ll have free time to explore independently before returning to the ship in Portugal. Meals: B, L, D
Day 8  Pocinho
Arrive in Pocinho and disembark for a morning excursion to the Coa Valley Museum. Designed to blend in with its surroundings, the concrete structure houses prehistoric stone carvings made by the early inhabitants of the Douro which were uncovered during construction of a nearby dam project. Return to the ship for lunch and relax on deck as the ship sails through idyllic surroundings on the way to Régua. This evening, enjoy an off-ship dinner at a traditional vineyard estate. Meals: B, L, D
Day 9  Régua
After arriving in Régua, journey to the marvelous baroque village of Lamego, home to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies - one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Portugal. See the Sanctuary perched atop the hill, with its iconic 686-step granite staircase, decorated with the traditional Portuguese blue and white ‘azulejos’ tiles. Return to the ship in Régua after the excursion. Meals: B, L, D
Day 10  Porto
Having traversed the Douro River, the ship returns to Porto – a city with an eclectic mix of modern and ancient architecture. An included tour highlights the sights from historic landmarks to the scenic beauty. And it wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a wine cave for a tour and tasting of Port wine. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure in Porto. Meals: B, L, D
Day 11  Porto / USA
This morning, disembark the MS Emerald Radiance and bid a fond farewell to Portugal, filled with memories of this remarkable cruise along the ‘river of gold.’ Meal: B

 Accommodations
Days 2 - 3  Hotel Sana Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
Days 4 - 10  Aboard the MS Emerald Radiance
 

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 Dates and Rates
Departure Dates Stateroom Category Per Person Twin Single Room Availability
August 21, 2019 Riviera Deck $4,799 add $3,119 Sold Out
Vista Deck - Cat B $5,199 add $3,379
Vista Deck - Cat R $5,599 add $3,639
Horizon Deck - Cat A $5,799 add $3,769
Horizon Deck - Cat P $5,899 add $3,839
Owner's Suite $6,299 N/A
Riverview Suite $6,499 N/A
September 25, 2019 Riviera Deck $4,799 add $3,119 Sold Out
Vista Deck - Cat B $5,199 add $3,379
Vista Deck - Cat R $5,599 add $3,639
Horizon Deck - Cat A $5,799 add $3,769
Horizon Deck - Cat P $5,899 add $3,839
Owner's Suite $6,299 N/A
Riverview Suite $6,499 N/A
October 2, 2019 Riviera Deck $4,799 add $3,119 Guaranteed
Vista Deck - Cat B $5,199 add $3,379
Vista Deck - Cat R $5,599 add $3,639
Horizon Deck - Cat A $5,799 add $3,769
Horizon Deck - Cat P $5,899 add $3,839
Owner's Suite $6,299 N/A
Riverview Suite $6,499 N/A
October 9, 2019 Riviera Deck $4,799 add $3,119 Guaranteed
Vista Deck - Cat B $5,199 add $3,379
Vista Deck - Cat R $5,599 add $3,639
Horizon Deck - Cat A $5,799 add $3,769
Horizon Deck - Cat P $5,899 add $3,839
Owner's Suite $6,299 N/A
Riverview Suite $6,499 N/A
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Each U.S. citizen must have a valid passport. Expiry date of passports should be at least 6 months after the return date of tour. If you don’t have a passport, call our office and we’ll tell you how to apply for one. Some countries require visas for entry by U.S. citizens. We will send visa applications and instructions if a visa is required for your tour. Holders of non-U.S. passports should contact their nearest consulate and inquire about the necessary passport or visa documentation required for entry into the countries visited. NOTE: Due to airline security measures, your passport name must match your airline ticket name and your tour reservation name or you may be denied aircraft boarding.

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